In July 2017, the https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/, London acquired a recently discovered, rare self-portrait by the most celebrated female artist of the Italian Baroque – Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later).
Today (19 December 2018) Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, an oil painting from about 1615–17, went on public display in Central Hall of the National Gallery. This follows five months of conservation treatment; the restoration process – in a first for the Gallery – was documented through a regular series of short films shared on social media via #NGArtemisia.
While unveiling the newest addition to the national collection, the National Gallery also revealed some exciting plans for her future.
From March 2019, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria will undertake a pop-up tour of unusual and unexpected venues (not all of them galleries or museums) across the UK. Her ‘grand tour’ will start at Glasgow Women’s Library on 6 March (where she will stay until 19 March), just in time for International Women’s Day (8 March 2019).